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New Report Shows Continued Unconstitutional Practices, Racial Bias by Philly Police

A report filed today by counsel for plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit challenging unconstitutional practices of the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) shows that thousands of people were stopped and frisked without reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct in the first six months of 2018. The report, which rises out of a 2011 consent decree in […]

PA DOC Agrees to Treat All Inmates with Hepatitis C

As outlined in a recent press release and article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, plaintiffs’ counsel announced a proposed landmark settlement in a class action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections that, if approved, will provide much-needed medical treatment for thousands of prisoners with Chronic Hepatitis C. In 2014, the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, Kairys, Rudovsky, […]

KRMFL Reaches $4.75 Million Settlement in Jail Death Case

As outlined in today’s Associated Press story, the family of Victoria “Tori” Herr, represented by KRMFL and co-counsel from Neufeld, Scheck and Brustin, reached a $4.75 million settlement with Lebanon County resolving civil rights claims concerning Tori’s death at the Lebanon County Correctional Facility. Tori, who struggled with heroin addiction, was arrested on March 27, […]

KRMFL, Co-Counsel Challenge Solitary Confinement on Pennsylvania Death Row

KRMFL, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the ACLU National Prison Project, the Abolitionist Law Center, and Drinker Biddle & Reath filed a complaint in federal court yesterday demanding that the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections cease its practice of automatically placing death row inmates in solitary confinement. The complaint points to the voluminous evidence demonstrating the devastating mental […]

KRMF Sues FBI Agent Over Malicious Prosecution of Temple Physics Professor

KRMF filed a complaint yesterday alleging that an FBI agent engaged in malicious prosecution and fabrication of evidence in his investigation of Professor Xiaoxing Xi of Temple University. At daybreak on May 21, 2015, the complaint alleges, FBI agents stormed Professor Xi’s house, held his family at gunpoint, and arrested Professor Xi. Professor Xi was subjected […]

Full acquittal for KRMF client in federal bribery and extortion trial

As widely reported in Philadelphia media, after a seven-day trial, a federal jury returned a verdict acquitting ex-L&I Deputy Commissioner Dominic Verdi of all charges against him. Mr. Verdi had been the subject of a six-year investigation and prosecution by federal authorities who accused him of accepting bribes from and extorting various owners of bars, […]

Federal Court grants sentencing entrapment argument, imposes sentence below statutory mandatory minimum

In June 2016, United States District Judge Gerald A. McHugh found that imposing the statutorily required mandatory minimum sentence on a defendant who was convicted in a stash house sting case would violate his constitutional right to Due Process of Law. The defendant had been convicted after a jury trial of conspiracy, Hobbs Act robbery, […]

KRMF Client Byron Halsey Settles Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit for $12.5 Million

Eight years after he was conclusively exonerated by DNA evidence and six years after he started his federal civil rights suit, Byron Halsey, has, as reported in multiple media outlets, reached a global settlement of his wrongful conviction claims totaling $12.5 million. Mr. Halsey was convicted for the November 1985 rape and murder of his […]